Katie Grant, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on the Republican budget for fiscal year 2013:
“The Republican budget introduced by Rep. Paul Ryan today is a repeat of last year’s budget: it once again ends the Medicare guarantee while protecting tax cuts for the wealthy. It slashes investments in innovation, education, and infrastructure, which puts our economic recovery at risk and threatens American jobs. It does not reduce the deficit in a responsible way, instead placing the burden of deficit reduction onto seniors, the middle class, working families, and the most vulnerable by refusing to ask the wealthiest among us to contribute.
“It is clear Republicans have failed to heed the message sent loudly and clearly by the millions of seniors and others who opposed last year’s budget that would have ended the Medicare guarantee and set back efforts to grow our economy. Our budget ought to strengthen Medicare, invest in jobs, and help more of our families make it in America. We should be pursuing a budget that accomplishes those goals while reducing the deficit in a balanced way that asks everyone to contribute.”